Set in Nevada in the 1860's, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.
The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.
Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.
"Day Of Reckoning"
After being injured in a fight, Ben is nursed back to health by Matsou and his wife Hatoya. In return, Ben give the two Indians land to settle and farm. However Matsou's brother and a neighbor are set on making sure that Matsou and his wife don't succeed in their new life.
September 16, 2012 Subject:
Ricardo Montalban as an Indian
Memorable because of Ricardo Montalban's role as an Indian who tries to live in peace amongst the white man.
Unfortunately, things were destined not to work out too well, and by the end of the episode, quite a few of the guest characters have been slaughtered one way or another.
One of the more violent Bonanza episodes, wrapped up as a cautionary tale against wanton bigotry.
Certainly not light-hearted, but a decent episode nonetheless.
July 20, 2012 Subject:
Day of Reckoning (Bonanza).
Season 2, episode 7.
Original air date: 22 October 1960.
Cast: Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Eric `Hoss` Cartwright), Michael Landon (Joseph `Little Joe` Cartwright), Ricardo Montalban (Matsou), Madlyn Rhue (Hatoya), Anthony Caruso (Lagos), Karl Swenson (Ike Daggert), Roy Engel (Doc Martin) and Gail Bonney (Martha Daggert).
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